Jennifer Lopez: Frank Foden/KPA/NewsCom
Gary Susman
January 29, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Victoria Gotti kicked off her tenure as executive editor of the newly glossified supermarket tabloid The Star by landing a coveted ”exclusive,” the first interview with the post-Affleck Jennifer Lopez — only J. Lo says it ain’t so. ”I am extremely broken-hearted. I put enormous effort into my relationship with Ben,” Gotti says Lopez told her. ”In the end, I realized I needed to put my personal and professional life back together.”

Lopez’s rep issued a statement denying that the interview ever took place. ”Ms. Lopez has not and will not talk to the press,” the publicist said. But the Star’s spokesman issued a counterstatement, saying the magazine stands behind its story ”100 percent.” Maybe next week, we’ll see the Star’s exclusive Ben Affleck interview.

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